Coroner: Paul Walker car going 100-plus mph

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Paul Walker (CNN)

LOS ANGELES — The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed in November, killing the actor and a friend, according to the final coroner’s report on the deaths.

The 15-page report released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office answered several questions that had been the subject of speculation about how Walker and racing team partner Roger Rodas died.

The two men apparently did not live long after the high-performance 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was traveling at “approximately 100+ mph,” slammed into a light post and tree and burst into flames, the report said.

Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise “Fast & Furious,” was in the passenger seat of the car driven by Rodas, his racing team partner.

Walker and Rodas left a charity event a car shop co-owned by the men to take a ride in the car in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.. The crash happened a few hundred yards away on a wide street.

“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began to travel in a southeast direction,” the coroner’s report said. ” The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees, and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames.”

Video obtained by CNN from a security camera posted on a building on the opposite side of the street from the crash suggests that the fire that engulfed the Porsche did not erupt until about a minute after the car crashed.

In the video, which does not show the car, black smoke is seen rising from the crash scene 60 seconds after the light pole and a tree fall. Smoke is faintly visible above the scene after one minute, followed by a heavy plume of black smoke after two minutes.

The autopsy revealed “scant soot” in Walker’s trachea, suggesting his life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the caar.

The actor body was found “was charred and in a pugilistic stance. His right wrist was fractured and his left arm was fractured,” the report said. Rodas was also described as in “a pugilistic” — or defensive — position.

Walker also suffered fractures of his left jawbone, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine, the report said.

Rodas “rapidly died of severe blunt head, neck and chest trauma,” the report said. He suffered “major head trauma with the top portion of his skull fractured and his brain exposed.”


  • Martin Garcia

    I noticed on Google Maps that there were a series of man hole covers running up the center of the street. One of the man hole covers were located right at the exit of the corner before the crash. It was in the same lane the vehicle was in, towards the outside on the lane. It is quite possible that the car’s rear tires crossed over the metal man hole cover and lost tractions putting the car into a spin. Given the drivers high skill set simply spinning out is not likely on asphalt, a lack of vehicle stabilization control software, high vehicle speed, and cold tires coupled with the placement of the metal man hole cover would to me be why the car went into a half spin prior to striking the tree.

  • San

    It was a case of rampant stupidity, 2 men that knew better doing something that did kill themselves and could have killed innocents.

    • David Mooring

      san you are so right just cause you some famous guy god don’t give you nomore than what he gives others I hate that it happen but being real they should had not made a stupid mistake and if it was some normal person ppl be talking shit about them so yes they where stupid

  • San

    I have read the story, I have seen the reports on TV, they were going 100+ mph, on a city street with a speed limit of 45 mph posted, so what have I missed? I did not say they were on drugs, nor did I say they were drunk, as no reports stating that have been disclosed. They were speeding,excessively, the driver lost control, they crashed and were killed. Now lets assume, I know, bad to assume, that they had been doing the posted speed limit of 45 mph, would they still be alive? Most likely, yes,would they still have wrecked? Most likely, NO, as at the posted speed the race trained drivers, would not have lost control of the car. And no being a professional truck driver for 22 years I have not had a wreck so I am pretty durn sure I would not have been going that fast and I would not have wrecked. Now maybe you should check the reports and tell me where I might be wrong, until such time maybe you should stop showing your ignorance.

  • adair

    I think that the families of both men should be respected more than releasing all the details, some people don’t think about the families feelings and it is hard to deal with children with death( without all the added details), it was their time to go let them rest in peace.

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